Every so often, I see the Small Church, Getting Smaller (SCGS) meme touted, if not with support, then at least with a certain resignation of the inevitable. Given the Gospel imperative, I’m going to suggest that the notion of a smaller, purer Church is in fact heterodox, if not heretical. And any Catholic who actively supports it flirts with grave sin.
Seriously, who comes up with this garbage? Don’t people read the Gospels? Don’t they feel enlivened enough in their faith that they want everybody to know Jesus Christ?
So a small, more faithful Church … I’d say the adjectives are mutually exclusive, if you ask me. SCGS is narcissistic, self-indulgent, gnostic, and far from a model of virtue or faithfulness.